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The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas

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A moving account of a little-known period of state-sponsored racial terror inflicted on ethnic Mexicans in the Texas–Mexico borderlands.

Between 1910 and 1920, vigilantes and law enforcement—including the renowned Texas Rangers—killed Mexican residents with impunity. The full extent of the violence was known only to the relatives of the victims. Monica Muñoz Martinez turns
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2018 by Harvard University Press
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Laura Jean
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book fills a gap in Texas history. It covers the vigilante and extralegal violence against ethnic Mexican Americans on the Mexican/Texas border in the early 20th century. The introduction is a bit scholarly in nature, but don't let it scare you off. The first three chapters each deal with an occurrence of violent acts against Mexicans and Mexican Americans in 1910, 1915, and 1918 respectively. The 4th and 5th chapters describe the overarching culture of violence that permeated Texas and con ...more
Francesca Calarco
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Considering that most history textbooks used in U.S. schools are actually printed in Texas, I always felt that there was likely a number of blind spots in the general narrative due to this prevalent setup. Exploring the activity between 1910 and 1920, Monica Muñoz Martinez does an excellent job of detailing atrocities committed by state law enforcement and others in The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas that many would want us to forget.

“We must reckon with the fact that
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Rosa Davis
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All libraries need this book. I learned so much I didn’t know about the Texas Rangers and what purpose they served. It is very important everybody reads this or reads the history in this book.
Raul M
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For me, the most unsettling, and telling, chapter began with the author describing what she found in a rural town in central Texas, inside a fast-food eatery (part of a chain that has become a Lone Star staple). She found a display honoring Texas Rangers that casually included photos of lynchings. The display may be deemed a modern-day outcome of long-accepted racism, and this book focuses on how such racism (in the form of vigilantism) affected Texans of Mexican descent. As the text explains, s ...more
Melody
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Props to Monica Munoz Martinez for her dedication to write this book!
I struggled all through the introduction, barely able to read 5 pages in one sitting. However, once I got somewhere around page 70 I was truly engaged. Reading the word "..the loss of Mexican life was celebrated as a symbol of American progress..." gives you a glimpse of what you will read about the disgraceful sanctioned violence in Texas. One man tried to rid himself, as an adult, of the horrible life long nightmares he had f
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Sergio Troncoso
An important history of violence against Mexican Americans in Texas, often by the Texas Rangers, particularly between 1910-1920. Well-documented and meticulously researched. This book brings to light a history kept by families but largely ignored by the State of Texas, until recently. How can a community become a part of society when the decades of pain and grief, often through state-sanctioned lynchings, are ignored in official histories? It can't, unless more books like this one give voice to ...more
Stephanie Baker Opperman
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-history
“We live in a world that needs to be reconstructed. The more people understand the long consequence of violence, the more likely we will be able to intervene against — to denounce outright — the violence and death that continues today.”
Marcos Damian León
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Injustice Never Leaves You” fucking hurt to read, but its a necessary history of state sanctioned violence against ethnic Mexicans in Texas. In it Monica Muñoz Martinez documents the history of the Texas Rangers as a vigilante white supremacist group that murdered Mexicans and Natives to steal land for white settlers. Texas then made the Rangers into a state police force and fabricated the myth of their heroism. Muñoz Martinez defies this white washing of history by centering the victims an ...more
Jen T.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While reading this book I realize how unmotivated and naive I was about my Texas history and how much violence many Mexican people endured during Texas early years. You don't get this buried history in middle and high school history class (if I did then maybe I would have listened), and that is a cause of alarm especially during times like these.

Martinez does a great job in detailing descrimination and racial injustices of Mexican people at the hands of early Texan anglos and Texas Rangers. Arme
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Bright
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heavy read, but an essential unflinching look into Texas histories of ethnic and specifically anti-Mexican violence. One of the book's last calls to action is to remember that history is not confined to the past-- the violence commited in the borderlands today is intimately connected to the unchecked violence and impunity of vigalante mobs and state police in the 19th and 20th centuries. And the consequences of ignoring these histories, the consequences of justice denied run ripples through ge ...more
Rachel
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The events in this book are important to know about and understand, and the author has seemingly done some very detailed research. I knew about some events, but had not heard of others. Some sources didn't cite their sources, or seemed less than reliable to me. Also some details made me doubt the author and editor ("...the NAACP was founded in 1909 during Reconstruction"... what?!), and the personal vein towards the end seemed out of place in what otherwise portrays itself as an academic book. G ...more
Diana
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This book isn’t my typical read, but after reading it, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I discovered a lot that I never knew before, and there were parts that I found to be very interesting, but there were parts that weren’t. But overall, I did like it. You can sense the author’s passion for sure.
Emily Wagner
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so full. Every few sentences I felt the need to stop and take it in. Such a necessary book. The violence of Texas Rangers and the way the US Border Patrol was designed by them also have such far reaching consequences today.
Paul Shortell
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Good information, but the book reads too much like a textbook. Some points were emphasized again and again, almost seems like a student trying to fill a page number requirement. Could have been about half as long as it is.
William O. II
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent.
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Monica Muñoz Martinez is Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She is cofounder of the nonprofit organization Refusing to Forget, which calls for a public reckoning with racial violence in Texas. Martinez helped develop an award-winning exhibit on racial terror in the early twentieth century for the Bulloc ...more

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